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I am a multi-disciplinary agri-bioenergy-environmental modeller and inquiries are welcome discuss working with you as a co-author or research co-investigator.

I provide crop, energy and evironmental predictions predictions as part of a consortium as part of the UK Energy Research Centre Phase 4 program and on the NERC funded FAB-GGR project (bioenergy and carbon capture). I administer the development of the global MiscanFor model for bioenergy crop growth, environmental effects and energy production. I have modified the model to use at two spatial scales under climate scenarios, and extended the model from its previous version, with modified water restriction on growth, two alternate evapo-transpiration modules, development of a soil carbon sequestration-decomposition procedure, and enhanced visual output. 

I won an industrial fellowship, and have been working with a partner company and its growers to refine crop yield in commerical settings.

Previously, I was an agri-environmental modeller in sustainable grassland and nutrient cycling working at Rothamsted Research for 9.5 years, and previously to that I worked in Canadian agriculture to model water resources and drought occurrence. I use agri-systems models to provide future scenarios under different management systems or climate changes. 


Research Overview:


Research Fellow: Modeller of carbon cycling & bioenergy crops University of Aberdeen December 2017 – Present

Research Scientist: Agri-Environmental Systems Modeller Rothamsted Research March 2008 – August 2017 (9 years 6 months)

Research Scientist: University of Lethbridge September 2006 – December 2007 (1 year 4 months)


Climate Change Specialist: Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development; Irrigation Branch May 2004 – September 2006 (2 years 5 months)

Researcher University of Lethbridge  September 2003 – May 2004 (9 months)

Post-Doc & Term Research Scientist

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada October 1999 – September 2003 (4 years)

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Research Output 2002 2020

Open Access
Miscanthus giganteus
electricity generation
twenty first century

Ensuring net-zero is a win-win for the climate and the environment

Beaumont, N., Armstrong, A., Agnolucci, P., Hastings, A., Holland, R., Day, B., Delafield, G., Eigenbrod, F., Taylor, G., Lovett, A., Shepherd, A. & Hooper, T., Dec 2019, Review of Energy Policy 2019. London: UKERC, p. 6-7 2 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingOther contribution

Open Access

Global Bioenergy Crop Growth Projections and Efficiencies

Shepherd, A., Mar 2019, (Unpublished).

Research output: Contribution to conferenceAbstract

water use

Metrics of biomass, live-weight gain and nitrogen loss of ryegrass sheep pasture in the 21st century

Shepherd, A., Hartman, M. D., Fitton, N., Horrocks, C. A., Dunn, R. M., Hastings, A. & Cardenas, L. M., 1 Oct 2019, In : Science of the Total Environment. 685, p. 428-441 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
twenty first century
1 Citation (Scopus)
1 Downloads (Pure)

Climate change and hydrology at the prairie margin: historic and prospective future flows of Canada's Red Deer and other Rocky Mountain river

Philipsen, L. J., Gill, K. M., Shepherd, A. & Rood, S. B., 15 Aug 2018, In : Hydrological Processes. 32, 17, p. 2669-2684 16 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
climate change

Activities 2017 2019

  • 2 Peer review of manuscripts
  • 2 Membership of research network
  • 1 Public Engagement
  • 1 Visiting an external academic institution

University College London

Nichola Beaumont (Collaborator), Astley Francis St John Hastings (Collaborator), Anita Shepherd (Collaborator)
15 Oct 2019

Activity: External academic activitiesVisiting an external academic institution

Science of the Total Environment (Journal)

Mewa Singh Dhanoa (Peer Review), Laura M. Cardenas (Peer Review), Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)
Sep 2019Oct 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

Crop modelling to explore the impacts and trade-offs on the carbon balance of large-scale biomass use

Anita Shepherd (Author), Astley Francis St John Hastings (Contributor), naomi vaughan (Organiser)
Nov 2019

Activity: Talk, presentation, public lecture, public engagement, outreach and knowledge exchangePublic Engagement

IPCC Special Report on Climate Change and Land (SRCCL) (Journal)

Anita Shepherd (Peer Review)
Jul 2018Feb 2019

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPeer review of manuscripts

BC College of Applied Biology, Canada (External organisation)

Anita Shepherd (Member)
1 Dec 2017 → …

Activity: MembershipMembership of research network